Refugees keep drowning in Mediterranean

This Deutsche Welle video says about itself:

Death toll rises in Egypt boat tragedy | DW News

23 September 2016

Another tragedy for refugees attempting the journey to Europe. In Egypt, 162 bodies have been pulled from waters close to Rosetta, a city on the country’s northern coast. Authorities are still recovering bodies and searching for surivors. Dozens more are feared dead.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Number killed in refugee boat tragedy hits 162

Saturday 24th September 2016

THE full horror of Wednesday’s refugee boat disaster off Egypt began to emerge yesterday as more than 100 bodies were pulled from the sea.

The death toll stood at 162 and was expected to rise as the Morning Star went to press.

Up to 600 people may have been on board the appallingly overloaded people-traffickers’ boat that capsized and sank just eight miles off the port of Rosetta in the Nile Delta on Wednesday evening.

More than 160 have been rescued, most of them Egyptians along with some Sudanese, Somalians, Eritreans and other nationalities.

Local council chairman Ali Abdel-Sattar said currents had carried the bodies many miles from the site of the sinking.

“Today, four bodies, including two Egyptian children, were found 20km to the east,” he told reporters.

He added that many of the refugees were believed to have been “stored in the bottom of the boat, in the fridge.”

“Those are the ones who drowned first, most probably stuck, and their bodies might not be retrieved anytime soon,” he said.

“Those we found are the ones liberated from the boat. I believe many are stuck and now lying in the bottom of the sea.”

By Xinhua writer Wu Zhiqiang:

Commentary: Rosetta tragedy fresh reminder of Western responsibility

CAIRO, Sept. 24 — The death of more than 160 people in the sinking of an overloaded ship off Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Rosetta has once again focused world attention on the plight of refugees and migrants.

And on the causes behind tragedies like this.

The refugees, or migrants, however you describe them, were fleeing war and poverty for a safer, better life somewhere else.

A multitude of reasons may be given as to what caused the wars and the poverty, but the West cannot shirk their responsibility.

Colonial rule by Western powers in past centuries and their interventionist policies in recent decades both played a part.

Rosetta, appearing in the datelines of so many news stories on the sinking of the ship with up to 600 people aboard, happens to bear the same name of an ancient rock stele now sitting inside the British Museum and that Egyptian authorities want returned.

Dating back to 196 BC, the Rosetta Stone, which provided the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs, was once “owned” by Napoleon’s troops and then ended up the “property” of Britain.

And now the city of Rosetta is bearing witness to a tragedy partly of Western making.

What a coincidence.

The euphoric atmosphere permeating Washington and other Western capitals at the start of the so-called “Arab Spring” five years ago has long been replaced by hand-wringing in the face of bloodshed, chaos, and misery from Syria to Iraq to Libya, and the terror attacks that filled news headlines so often around the world.

In a few hours, the foreign ministers of the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and the European Union are scheduled to gather at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, in northwest United States.

The serene campus of Tufts is a far cry from the turbulent Mediterranean seas, but the wars in the Middle East and the refugee crisis gripping the region and beyond sit near the top of the agenda when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets his five counterparts.

Rosetta and Medford, in the final analysis, are not too far away.

One more death is too many. One day longer of suffering is too long.

It is high time that the United States and other Western countries reflected upon their flawed interventionist policies that often featured imposition of their values and sought regime changes.

It is high time that the West took constructive actions.

They have a moral obligation and historical responsibility to do so.

British police sabotage Hillsborough football tragedy inquiry

This video from Britain says about itself:

EPSN/BBC: Hillsborough #JFT96

27 April 2016

Finally aired in the UK at 9pm on BBC 2 on Sunday May 8th 2016, without much additional material.

“American sports network ESPN, as part of its 30 for 30 series of sports films (under a new “Soccer Stories” subdivision), aired the documentary Hillsborough as a co-production with the BBC. Directed by Daniel Gordon, the 2-hour film chronicles the disaster, the investigations, and their lingering effects; it also included interviews with survivors, victims’ relatives, police officers and investigators. Hillsborough aired the first time on 15 April 2014, the 25th anniversary of the disaster. The documentary was unable to be shown in Great Britain upon initial release due to the 2012 High Court inquest still being in progress and the UK’s jury tampering laws; the documentary contains previously unreleased security camera footage from the stadium the day of the disaster. However, upon the inquest verdict the BBC announced they would air the documentary, with additional footage from the inquest and final verdict.”

Source: here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

132 coppers stonewall Hillsborough probe

Saturday 24th September 2016

A TOTAL of 132 police officers and staff have not assisted the Hillsborough investigation despite being asked to do so, the coppers’ watchdog revealed yesterday.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said 64 officers from South Yorkshire Police and 68 from West Midlands Police have been approached for a witness statement but have not provided one.

The watchdog is looking at whether offences such as conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and perverting the course of justice were committed in the aftermath of the 1989 tragedy.

IPCC deputy chair Rachel Cerfontyne said: “Some [officers and staff] were unable to provide an account for reasons such as poor health; others have not responded to our contact and there are a number of individuals who couldn’t be traced.”

Ms Cerfontyne pointed out the IPCC can compel serving police witnesses to attend an interview, but not retired officers.

Charlotte, USA demonstration against police violence, 24 September

This video from North Carolina in the USA says about itself:

Charlotte Clergy and NC NAACP Demand Release of Police Video in Shooting Death of Keith Lamont Scott

September 22nd, 2016 – After two nights of unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina following the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott at the hands of a Charlotte police officer, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and the NC NAACP join local Clergy to present eyewitness reports of the events and to call on the Charlotte Police Department to release the videos of the Scott shooting in order to resolve lingering questions and to discern the truth of conflicting stories.

An email today from North Carolina in the USA says:


A call to mobilize 1,000s against police violence

Saturday, September 24th | 1pm

March starting from Marshall Park in Uptown Charlotte | 800 East 3rd St.

All ages, rain or shine

Invitation from The Tribe CLT and Charlotte Trans and Queer People of Color Collective

Come to Charlotte this Saturday to stand with us and gather together.

On Tuesday, our brother and neighbor Keith Lamont Scott was killed by Charlotte police. He was sitting in his car, reading a book, and waiting for his son to come home on the school bus. We believe he was profiled and killed by police, and that CMPD is not telling the truth about his murder.

Tuesday night, Charlotte police attacked a grieving community with riot police and tear gas. Wednesday night, Charlotte police fired into a crowd, seriously injuring a protestor and inflaming our grief.

Today, our city is occupied by the National Guard and we are in a State of Emergency!

Charlotte, the latest city to be wrecked by police violence against Black people … is a national crisis. We need to end this epidemic now! Let’s show the nation that we stand against police violence that targets Black people and our communities. Let’s show that Charlotte, and the nation, will no longer tolerate the routine murders of Black people by an unaccountable system of policing.

Come to Charlotte to make a historic stand and to demand dignity and respect for Black lives.

We are: Charlotte Tribe, Charlotte Trans and Queer People of Color Collective, Charlotte SURJ, Ignite NC, Black Youth Project-Durham Chapter, Beloved Community Center, Youth Organizing Institute, Southern Vision Alliance, Durham Solidarity Center, Workers World Party, Queer People Of Color Collective GSO, NC TROUBLMakers, Million Hoodies, Black University.

USA: Trevor Noah Gets Real on Police Shootings: Black People Aren’t ‘Crazy’. ‘The Daily Show’ host turns serious while discussing yet another spate of police shootings: here.

Another e-mail from the USA today says:

Terence Crutcher‘s car stalled by the side of the road.1 Keith Lamont Scott was waiting for his son to be dropped off from school.2

Both men were Black. Neither posed a threat to anyone. And both were shot dead by police.

This. Must. Stop.

And, the killings won’t end until we build enough grassroots power to force change. That’s why we’re teaming up with a coalition of progressive organizations to help raise as much money as possible for the Movement for Black Lives fund.

Will you chip in $5 today? Your donation will go directly to the Movement for Black Lives fund.

The Movement for Black Lives is made up of dozens of organizations that coordinate actions, messages and campaigns, standing together for justice, human dignity, and the shared goal of ending all forms of state violence against Black people.

And the shootings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott—as well as Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, and so many other unarmed Black people—demonstrate once again why their work is so critically important.

Terence Crutcher was unarmed and had his hands up when Officer Betty Shelby killed him. Then, Tulsa police stood by and watched him die without providing help.

Keith Lamont Scott’s family members say he was reading a book in his car, and even the Charlotte police chief has admitted that the video that the police refuse to release provides no evidence that Scott pointed a gun at officers, as they originally claimed.3

Will you chip in $5 to the Movement for Black Lives fund to help demand an end to these shootings? Your donation will be used to organize and build grassroots political power needed to force an end to racial injustice and police violence.

Thanks for speaking out.

–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Megan, Libby, and Emma, the UltraViolet Action team


1. Video of Terence Crutcher’s police shooting may be “the worst we’ve seen” yet, Mic, September 19, 2016

2. Keith Lamont Scott: Protests erupt over police killing, Al Jazeera, September 21, 2016

3. Keith Lamont Scott’s family will view police video, but the department won’t release it publicly, ThinkProgress, September 22, 2016

THE US National Guard have arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina, with armed-to-the-teeth state troopers lining the streets and turning the city into a war zone against the black working class: here.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, protests continued on Friday over the brutal police killing of Keith Lamont Scott, 43. Local and state officials announced a curfew earlier this week and have deployed riot police using tear gas and the National Guard against demonstrators. As political officials and the city’s police department debate whether or not to release police video of the shooting in an effort to defuse social tensions, a nail in the coffin of official lies came Friday with the release of cell phone video shot by Scott’s wife. Rakevia Scott can be heard pleading with police not to shoot her husband, shouting that he does not have a weapon, that he had a traumatic brain injury, and had just taken his medication. The video also shows Scott after the shooting, prone on the ground, without a gun at his feet as appeared in subsequent photos, suggesting that police may have planted evidence: here.

Saudi royal air force keeps killing Yemeni civilians

This video says about itself:

Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen city of Hodeidah kill 20

22 September 2016

At least 20 civilians have been killed by an airstrike in Yemen.

According to local officials the strike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a residential area of the Red Sea port city Hodeidah.

This strike is the latest in a bloody war that has claimed the lives of many civilians, with many air raids hitting hospitals, markets and even schools.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Dozens of civilians die in Saudi air raid

Friday 23rd September 2016

SCORES of Yemeni civilians have been killed and injured in the western port city of Hodeidah in the latest Saudi bombing atrocity, locals said yesterday.

Yemen’s Sabah agency put the number of deaths in Wednesday’s air raid by the Saudi-led invasion coalition at 25 with 73 injured.

At the city’s al-Thawra hospital, health official Sami Motai said the toll was expected to rise with scores of bodies buried under at least three houses struck by missiles in the Indians Alley neighbourhood.

“The scene was awful. Body parts were mixed up with the remains of the house and blood filled the place,” one resident told the Reuters news agency.

An unnamed representative of Saudi-based ousted president Abbed Rabbo Mansour Hadi claimed the residential area was “probably hit in error.”

Thousands of Yemenis have been killed since March 2015 in Riyadh’s attempt to reimpose Mr Hadi’s rule.

This is not by any means the first time the Saudi royal air force has killed civilians in Hodeidah city.

Not killing only Yemeni civilians, but, eg, Indian civilians as well, as this video shows.

This Kannada language Indian TV video says about itself:

9 September 2015

20 Indians Killed by Saudi-Led Air Strikes on Yemen’s Hodeidah Port

NEW DELHI: Twenty Indians died in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on oil smugglers in Yemen, Reuters reported late on Tuesday.

“We are ascertaining the facts about the reports,” MEA spokesman Vikas Swarup said when asked about reports that 20 Indians had been killed in Saudi-led strikes in Yemen.

The Houthi-run state news agency Saba also said that 15 citizens were killed in air strikes on Sanaa, and medical sources said at least 15 civilians were killed in similar attacks on Monday. …

The alliance, made up mainly of Gulf Arab countries, has increased air strikes on Sanaa and other parts of the country since Friday, when a Houthi missile attack killed at least 60 Saudi, Bahraini and United Arab Emirates soldiers at a military camp east of Sanaa.

In western Yemen, local residents and fishermen said planes from the Saudi-led alliance struck two boats at al-Khokha, a small port near Hodeidah used by Indians to smuggle badly needed fuel supplies into the country, killing 20 of them.

Banning Labourites calling Smith ‘Blairite’, OK’ing Blairite anti-Corbyn death threats

This video from Britain says about itself:

In conversation with Jeremy Corbyn | documented by Ken Loach

21 September 2016

Ken Loach is one of the greatest directors of our time. I was thrilled that he asked to follow our campaign for two days this summer.

He documented people sharing their personal stories and discussing their reasons for supporting our agenda. These stories show why Labour must transform and rebuild Britain so that no one and no community is left behind.

By Luke James:


Friday 23rd September 2016

EXPOSED: Inside the rotten world of Labour’s purge

ABUSE and threats aimed at Jeremy Corbyn have been deliberately “ignored” by Labour officials, a party whistleblower has told the Morning Star on the eve of the leadership election result.

Officials overseeing the party’s “purge” have been presented with evidence of members who barracked the Labour leader online with terms banned by the party.

But they have been accused of prioritising a witch-hunt against Mr Corbyn’s supporters amid a red scare over far-left infiltration.

“People who would refer to Owen Smith as a Blairite were purged,” the source said.

Rather ambiguous. On the one hand, one might see that as an admission by party bureaucrats appointed by Tony Blair that the right-wing policies they used to support are now toxic and unpopular, and, in that sense, a term of abuse.

On the other hand, what next? Corbyn supporters being expelled for calling David Cameron David Cameron, or Theresa May Theresa May?

“Anyone who said they had previously supported or voted for the Green Party was purged.

Under Tony Blair, the Blairite Parliamentary Labour Party used to welcome as brand new Labour MPs people who had not just supported the Conservative party or voted for them, but who were Conservative MPs; like Robert Jackson and Quentin Davies.

“But anyone who calls Jeremy Corbyn a c**t or any other foul word — they are fine.”

Labour says that all evidence of abuse passed to it has been reviewed by the national executive committee and action has been taken where culprits can be identified.

And the claims come ahead of a debate at Labour conference next week over a tough new code of conduct for members.

The source works at one of two offices where a small team of staff trawl through social media posts of Labour members and supporters.

They revealed that a 250-page file containing screenshots of online abuse aimed at Mr Corbyn, compiled by members of the public, was received by the office this week but promptly shelved.

The document seen by the Star includes repeated calls for the Labour leader to be shot and hanged.

Mr Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell are compared with cancer and aids, while countless racist remarks are aimed at shadow health secretary Diane Abbott.

Over half of the comments were made by people identified as Labour members, according to the source.

One Twitter user even posts a photo of his Labour membership card with a message saying: “id rather slit my throat than vote for Scum like Corbyn (sic).”

One user called John Ferrett, who identifies himself as a Labour councillor, labels Mr Corbyn a “traitor.”

Other abusive posts were made by users with an Owen Smith leadership campaign banner on their photo.

High-profile opponents of Mr Corbyn’s leadership are also named in the document.

It shows John McTernan, former political director to Tony Blair, calling Mr Corbyn a “traitor” on Twitter last month.

Former Blair spin doctor Alastair Campbell asks one Labour supporter: “Have you always been a twat or just since Corbyn?”

Serving Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop brands journalist Owen Jones an “idiot” and Momentum organiser James Schneider an “entryist.”

The Star revealed in July how anyone found using terms such as “traitor,” “scum” or “scab” would be banned from voting in the leadership election.

The source said the document was flagged up to managers, but added: “It was put to one side and ignored … 250 of pages of abuse has just been ignored.

“They say they will try to do the Jeremy Corbyn abuse after the Owen Smith abuse.”

Blairite coup to continue despite UK Labour leadership vote outcome: here.